In 2021, Red Bull Racing put up a wonderful fight for the world title in Formula 1. In the constructors’ championship, the Austrian formation had to give up the title to Mercedes, but the team became world champion among the drivers for the first time since 2013 thanks to Max Verstappen. Anyone who expected this grueling title fight to leave Red Bull behind in the development of the 2022 car would be wrong: after five races the team has recorded three wins and is second in both championships. This is to the surprise of team boss Christian Horner, who did not expect it after the tough fight in 2021.
“By putting so much effort into last year’s car ahead of these new regulations, we took a risk. We knew we had a chance to win last year and we had to try. That put the team under a lot of pressure in the second half of last year because we had to make up for it,” said Horner. CNN† “Personally, I did not expect that we would start the year so competitively. It’s an incredible start for us to be on the front row of the grid in race one, win race two and get a one-two at Imola. It shows that the team has done phenomenal work in a short amount of time.”
Also this year the fight for the world title seems to be a duel, although Ferrari has taken the place of Mercedes. Since 2008, the Scuderia has been dry in terms of world titles and has had difficult seasons, especially in 2020 and 2021, but this year there is a resurrection. Horner is happy about it: “It’s great to drive against Ferrari, it’s good for Formula 1 that Ferrari is competitive again. Charles Leclerc is doing a great job and Carlos Sainz is also a top-class driver. We know that Mercedes will eventually solve the problems. It’s great for F1 to have another team come forward.”